Eisenhower family opposes Frank Gehry's design for memorial

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When it comes to planning a national memorial, the descendants of past presidents often have a role to play both in guiding the vision for the memorial and in helping to raise private funds for the monument.

In the case of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, family members have turned against the monument.

In an interview with The Washington Examiner, Susan Eisenhower, daughter of the World War II general's only surviving child, said the family was united in its opposition to the memorial.

Her brother Dwight David Eisenhower II sat on the commission that selected the memorial's design before resigning to head the Eisenhower Foundation. But, according to Susan, he did not vote for the final design.

He did not respond to requests for comment for this story, although his father, John Eisenhower, has penned a letter opposing the design.

Before the family began publicly opposing the memorial, some members met with architect Frank Gehry in an attempt to address their concerns. The design was changed somewhat, but not enough for the family's liking.

Susan Eisenhower said she would like to see a design "that is so simple and elegant that it reflects the power of what [her grandfather] did."

- Eric P. Newcomer

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